Welcome to Ochre Restaurant

Cairns dining at its best

Ochre Restaurant is the most highly awarded restaurant and catering company in Cairns.
Ochre Catering delivers quality functions throughout North Queensland for conferences, corporate events, weddings and special occasions around Cairns, Port Douglas and Palm Cove.

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Longest Lunch Port Douglas

After the successful event in 2017, Ochre will again be organising and catering to the Longest Lunch in the park. Cool breezes and ocean views, local produce matched with excellent wines and beers, this event is iconic Port Douglas.

Seated under cover on one long table, get your friends together and have a long Friday lunch and enjoy entertainment by Spiegeltent performers and cool tunes under the palms.

Beer and sparkling wine on arrival

4 course plated menu with matching wines

$182 per head – Free seating. 


Local fish sashimi – wasabi, ponzu and cucumber

Prawn and green papaya salad

Morganbury beef tenderloin and braised beef cheek – onion puree, heirloom vegetables, Daintree vanilla and wattle seed jus

Deconstructed riberry banoffee pie – macadamia crumb, dulch de leche, smoked Iridium rum, – caramelised banana and banana gelato

Gallo Cheese and seasonal fruit station

Thanks to co-sponsors Douglas Shire Council, De Bortoli and Asahi

Opening hours

Every Day including public holidays

Lunch: 11.30am- 3.00pm
Bar Snacks 3.00pm – 5.30pm

Dinner: 5.30pm- 9.30pm

Can’t wait to see you all there!



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Outback Tasting Tours & Dinner Package

Brett’s Outback Tasting Adventures & Ochre Restaurant have combined to bring you a fantastic food and wine tasting adventure that finishes with a delicious dining experience at Ochre Restaurant.



Dining at Ochre Restaurant is like a virtual tour through the culinary delights of Australia. With a dedication to local produce and experience like no other in crafting native foraged ingredients into modern exciting cuisine, Ochre Restaurant offers a range of exquisite dishes, specialising in sustainable Australian regional produce, for tourists and locals alike.



Ochre Catering has a clear focus on providing the best concept catering in North Queensland, with some amazing themed events and functions under our belt, we are looking forward to assisting event planners in creating a unique event that will provide delegates and participants with a truly memorable experience.



Ochre Restaurant and Catering  has extensive experience in providing quality wedding catering and wedding planning services, our attention to detail is faultless, service friendly and professional, and assistance in planning your special day practical and efficient. We cater to an average of 40 weddings per year.




The Boss

Since founding Ochre more than 22 years ago, director and executive chef Craig Squire has been dedicated to creating the ultimate Modern Australia food experience – from opening his first restaurant at just 20 years of age, with a loan from his uncle, to an international restaurant consultant in demand across the globe.



General Manager

General Manager Carley leads by example, dedicated and hard working she is constantly striving for the best in service and guest experience.

Contact her for your wedding and restaurant enquiries.



Head Chef

Passionate and creative, Luis loves his food nearly as much as his daughter. A great leader for our tight kitchen team Luis started in 2005 as a young cook after completing his apprenticeship. A few years off for travel he came back with a commitment to leading and training. Proud of his Chilean heritage but very much an Aussie, Pity his footy team (Carlton) are so hopeless.


Perhaps the best known of all Cairns restaurants and catering companies is the multi award-winning Ochre Restaurant and Catering, formerly Red Ochre Grill, that in 1994 staked its claim on the corner of Sheridan and Shield Street serving modern Australian cuisine with flair and creativity. Owner, Craig Squire is the talented chef who has worked tirelessly to make Ochre the success it is today. Often found in the kitchen where he prepares and perfects Ochre’s menu of dishes, Mr Squire is a wanted man (in the guise of guest chef) in many of the world’s classiest establishments be they the five-star kitchens of restaurants and hotels from Dubai to Shanghai. Ochre Restaurant specialises in local and native produce with a daily catch of seafood and premium Australian beef tenderloin most recently recognized as ‘Best Beef’ at Royal Brisbane Show.

Some of their most famous dishes include Salt and Pepper Prawn and Crocodile, Grilled Kangaroo with Quandong Chilli Glaze, Wattleseed Pavlova and their Australian Antipasto Plate – the latter of which is a great meal to start giving diners a delicious insight into the country’s cuisine. The menu is an excellent read for any visitor and delivers on taste and value-for-money. Be sure to leave room for dessert which the Lonely Planet Guide urges its readers to try with the quote “desserts worth moving to Cairns for”.

Ochre Restaurant is Cairns most awarded restaurant. Late in 2006 it increased its cache winning both Best Modern Australian and Tourism Restaurant categories at North Queensland’s Annual Restaurant and Caterer’s Awards and has continued to win many local awards since.